I Wish I'd Known

I never hurt myself because I wanted to die. I didn’t even want to hurt myself. I wanted to keep myself alive and to do that, I needed...

Anxiety Overrides

Sometimes I'm able to do things I usually wouldn't be able to. Sometimes things that should make me anxious...

1-800-273-8255

It won't replace a therapist. You probably won't get life-changing advice. You will get someone who cares and is willing to listen. That...

Fake it Till You Make it

People with anxiety shouldn’t have to be afraid of others finding out. If someone tells you they have anxiety, believe them. It is...

She Stole My Laugh

When I was in 4th grade, a girl told me my laugh was loud and annoying. I believed her and from that day on, I held in my laugh. I...

Is Medication Bad?

Taking medication for a mental illness should be no different than taking medication for a physical illness. My brain is physical, it’s...

Your Jokes Aren't Funny

When someone makes a suicide joke, I don’t think it’s funny. I think about the days people I loved tried it. I think about the day I...

Anxiety has Benefits?

I don’t consider social anxiety to be a positive thing in my life, and I do know life would be a lot easier without it. However, I...

More than a Mental Illness

Even though I focus a lot on the mental side of social anxiety, it is so much more than that. The physical symptoms affect me as much...

10 Things TO Say

Keep in mind how your words might be perceived and remember that I don’t talk about my anxiety very often (except for here). If I do...

10 Things NOT to Say

In general, don’t act like you know more about a disorder than the person who lives with it every day. Remember that I’m already...

Please Don't Roll Your Eyes

If I ask you to help me, please don’t roll your eyes. Please don’t tell me no, or to handle it myself. Don’t...

The Garbage Pocket Solution

It takes a long time for me to believe the fear is as irrational as I know it is. Facing my fears doesn’t fix anything, learning to...